“Call Me Ishmael” Follow Up

Yesterday I started  a post with a two word sentence: “Unexpected obstacle.”  That is how Edith Wharton started her novel The Reef.  I was going to use the first sentence from Wharton’s The Custom of the Country but “Undine Spragg – how can you?” her mother wailed, raising a prematurely-wrinkled hand heavy with rings to defend the note which a languid “boy-boy” had just brought in.” struck me as (a) a dead give away as it states the main character’s and (b) totally unworkable as the first sentence of a blog post.  Over and out for now.


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